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Free: Rip Copy-protected DVD for Mac with DVD Ripper

Guide on How to Free Rip Copy Protected DVD for Mac with Free DVD Ripper Mac (macOS Big Sur and Earlier Compatible)

It would be hard to rip copy-protected DVDs on macOS. To protect commercial DVDs from being used for illegal purpose, DVD producers applies the most efficient and trustful DVD copy-protection CSS to prevent DVD owners from backing up DVD upon their computer, even for personal legal purpose. As a result, when DVD ripping tools (esp. freeware) in the market handle with CSS copy-protections, they just crashed or failed to recognize the correct DVD title.

Simply speaking, by the trouble of CSS copy-protected technology, DVD collection fans just can not copy encrypted DVDs. In most cases, one DVD disc built-in CSS protection can also adopt other protection techs such as region 1-6, Sony ArccOS, Disney X-project etc.

Please read on and find out how to rip copy protected DVD for Mac. The method below not only helps you rip CSS-protected DVDs on Mac, but also guides you to rip those discs encrypted by UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0....

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Part 1: Download free DVD Ripper to rip copy-protected DVD for Mac

If you have a huge amount of DVD collection and want to backup them for a better domestic storage and sharing, you can find a free DVD ripper to get your scratched DVDs backup upon hard drive.

Though you googled a lot DVD rippers that claim to be free of charge, you're directed to a buy link when you download them and get ready to use. Usually, they give you merely 5 minute trial time, or put the watermark in the middle of the video picture on the converted file. That is not reasonable.

You can give a chance to WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free - a powerful solution to rip and convert home-made and copy-protected DVDs without any 3rd party DVD decrypter or library. It allows you to free convert DVD to iTunes, MP4, MOV, MPEG, MP3 and 350+ preset profiles.

Upgraded: WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free makes perfect compatibility with the latest operating system macOS Big Sur. Unlike other DVD rippers crashing on the latest OS, WinXDVD successfully detects DVD title and makes the whole ripping process as smooth as possible on even the latest macOS Big Sur.

Part 2: How to free rip copy-protected DVD for Mac with DVD Ripper Mac free?

To convert and rip copy-protected DVDs on macOS, like Knives Out, you should play these DVDs first. When the movie goes to the main content, write down the titles. Then free download and run DVD Ripper Mac Free and check the following User Guide.

Step 1. Load DVD by clicking Disc or Path button;

Step 2. Choose the right title that you recorded before;

Step 3. Choose the output format. This DVD Ripper Mac Free offers free DVD to general video formats like MP4 (MPEG4 / H264), MOV, M4V, iTunes;

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Free DVD Ripper for Mac

Step 4. Select the output folder for the converted file by clicking Browse table;

Step 5. Right click "RUN" to get your copy-protected DVD converted in accelerated speed.

Video Tutorial: How to Digitize Encrypted DVDs on macOS

Besides, the advanced version of free DVD ripper for macOS - WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is available, as well. It supports all kind of DVDs including DVD with 99 titles, region code DVDs, Disney/Sony ARccOS DVDs, CSS/AACS protected DVDs and rips a full DVD to MP4, MOV, M4V, iPhone iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, etc. at GPU hardware accelerated speed, up to 5 minutes to rip a full disc!

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

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The upgrade version now perfectly supports ripping Japanese DVDs, workout DVDs, and new (Disney) 99-title DVDs. What's more, newest CUDA hardware acceleration tech is also added into the program to provide a much faster DVD ripping process.

One More Option: Try Handbrake with libdvdcss Library

Handbrake is the most famous freeware in DVD ripping world. It's definitely worth a mention even in the Mac DVD ripper battleground. Yet, as it's known to all, Handbrake is unable to rip copy-protected DVDs without the 3rd party library or app help. Hence, free download and install the below apps and add-on:

  • Handbrake
  • VLC media player
  • Homebrew
  • libdvdcss

After all the latest builds of the above apps and add-on are installed on your macOS, you can eventually utilize Handbrake to rip copy-protected DVDs on macOS. One thing to be noted is that Handbrake is only capable of ripping DVDs encrypted by CSS and region code 1-6 though it's armed with libdvdcss library. Therefore, as for DVDs protected by Disney X-project DRM, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is still the way to help you out of trouble.

Access to this Handbrake tutorial if you need detailed libdvdcss installation guide and workarounds to troubleshoot Handbrake no valid title found, only rip part of DVD issues.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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